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Renowned Silicon Valley Lawyer Curtis Mo Joins DLA Piper

Monday, March 01, 2010

Lateral Hire Reinforces Firm’s Focus on Silicon Valley and the Technology and Venture Capital Sectors

Silicon Valley – DLA Piper announced today that Curtis L. Mo has joined the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice as a partner in the Silicon Valley office.

"Curtis is one of the most respected lawyers in Silicon Valley and in venture capital circles. His arrival reinforces our commitment to Silicon Valley as a focal point of our practice, given the history of the technology community here and the global role that it plays," said Greg Gallo, a senior partner in DLA Piper’s Silicon Valley office. Gallo noted that DLA Piper already ranks No. 3 in the world in venture capital deal volume in the most recently available statistics.

Mo has represented emerging growth companies, major public companies, investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds in hundreds of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, venture capital financings and other complex transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate governance matters and regularly acts as general outside counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, particularly in the technology, life sciences, clean energy technology and consumer sectors.

"In addition to his profile in the venture capital space, Curtis brings strong relationships to the investment banking and private equity communities as well," added Howard Clowes, a partner in Silicon Valley and head of DLA Piper’s Northern California Corporate practice. "He has a growing cross-border practice, where DLA Piper is uniquely positioned to service clients across their full spectrum of needs."

In addition to being ranked the third most active firm for venture capital deals, according to the most recent research released by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst, DLA Piper was the second most active for total deals in private equity and venture capital combined.

About Curtis L. Mo

Before joining DLA Piper, Mo worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he was the founding partner of its Palo Alto office. Mo has lectured extensively at seminars sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and other professional groups, and has given expert legal commentary on emerging growth companies and the technology sector for CNN Moneyline, CNBC Business Center and various publications.

He is the founder and co-chair of PLI's Venture Capital conferences, served as co-chair of the Annual Institute on Securities Regulation from 2001-2006, and has been a member of the advisory board for the Annual Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego. He is also a member of the board of directors of the influential Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Mo received a J.D. and B.A. from Columbia University.

About DLA Piper (

DLA Piper has 3,500 lawyers in 29 countries and 67 offices throughout the US, UK, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia. In certain jurisdictions, this information may be considered attorney advertising.

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